Fused Bottle Glass Heart Windchime Part 1
Today we are going to make the second project of the month with our kiln carving pattern. If you have already downloaded the pattern and used it for the suncatcher project, I hope you saved the cut out parts! If not, no worries, just use the stencil and cut out another set. (This is part 1 of a 2 part tutorial.)
If you haven’t downloaded the pattern yet, you’ll need to do that before we start. It’s free!
Find (or cut out) the heart and flame portion of your kiln carving pattern from last week. If you need to review the instructions, you can take a quick second and do that.
Glass! I’m using a clear bottle that has been cut in half and flattened. (a Bicardi Bottle, if you’re interested).
Put one piece of glass over the fiber paper and trace your wind chime shape. I’m using an oval, similar to the sun catcher from last week.
Cut the first piece of glass on the lines you’ve drawn, and then use the first piece as a template for the second piece. Cut the second piece to fit.
Now we’re ready to add the hanging loops at the top of the chime and the loops for the chimes themselves.
Put the first piece of glass on the kiln carving pattern so we can see where to add loops.
I’m going to put two hanging loops on the top, one on each side, and 3 chime loops across the bottom.
Add the 2nd layer of glass and move the whole project to a prepared kiln shelf.
Fire to a full fuse using the full fuse schedule for 1/4″ thick glass.
Now, you could take this and add chimes and a hanging wire right away, OR, you could hang onto it until next week when I will show you how to add color frit to it and refire. See Flaming Heart Windchime Part 2